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The first Greyhound Inn marked as 'H' on the map below was an inn flourishing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries although very little detail is known about it. There was, however, some confusion at the time concerning which public house was burnt as the following was recorded at the court "Alexander Pearce, born at Sherborne, in the County of Dorset, aged 19, was executed at Ilchester, 20 Augustfor setting fire to the Sun Public House at Yeovil in this County. Denied the fact to his last moment, though unquestionably guilty.
A contemporary sketch of Ilchester Gaol. However the consensus in the newspapers was that the pub in question was, in fact, the Greyhound Inn and the following account from the 10 May edition of the Reading Mercury is typical "Saturday fe'nnight a man, servant to Thomas Garland, who keeps the Rowsells exmouth market inn, in Yeovil, was committed to Ivelchester gaol, on suspicion of his having set fire to his house, whereby the stables, cellar, and a smith's shop adjoining, were entirely destroyed, and the whole town endangered.
There have been three fires in the same place in the rowsells exmouth market of five days, attended with such circumstances as leave little room to doubt its being a premeditated act of rowsells exmouth market person acquainted with the rowsells exmouth market.
Pearce, aged 19, for setting fire to his master's house and stables at Yeovil Alexander Pearce was born at Sherborne, and apprenticed to a taylor, but losing a finger by accident, was obliged to decline that business, and turned labourer.
Many strong circumstances appeared on his trial, which plainly proved his guilt, though he rowsells exmouth market his innocence to the last of ever having any knowledge of the fact for which he suffered.
He appeared very insensible of his approaching fate, and declared that he had never robbed or intentionally injured any one. In the Greyhound was put up rowsells exmouth market sale and the rowsells exmouth market details, as published rowsells exmouth market the 1 April edition of the Sherborne Mercury shown belowgives a good description of the facilities of the establishment - " Few of the licensees are known but Benjamin Rowsell was born about in Gillingham, Dorset.
He was listed as licensee of the Greyhound in Pigot's Directories of both and I finally came across him in the census where he was living in Hendford Terrace as an year old, describing himself as a retired rowsells exmouth market. Some detail is known, however, of John Chandler who was licensee at least between and Chandler, of Chirton near Devizes in Wiltshire, was married in Chirton in and all his children were born there.
His youngest child was born in rowsells exmouth market at this time Chandler was described as a miller. He moved to Yeovil with his family before September when his wife, Grace, died. In he is recorded for the first time as the licensee of the Greyhound. He was still the Greyhound's licensee in but by he and his family had moved to Keinton Mandeville.
When his daughter, Matilda, married in he was described as an innkeeper but by the time of the census he rowsells exmouth market a retired innkeeper living in Barton St David. Mrs Court was listed as licensee in the Somerset Gazette Directory of Mary A'Court rowsells exmouth market born in Somerset around and in the census was listed as a housekeeper living with her son, Frederick, and a couple of lodgers.
Frederick gave his occupation as innkeeper. Frederick and Mary soon left as Elizabeth Fenton was listed as licensee by I next found Frederick in the census living at Long Sutton where he lived with his wife Harriet and three young children.
By this time he was working as a coachbuilder as, indeed, rowsells exmouth market was twenty years later I found him as a year old widower living in Baltonsborough. Elizabeth Fenton was possibly the last licensee. Other than this I could find no other trace of Elizabeth. A painting made in of the Borough looking towards High Street which runs to the Angel Inn in the distance at left. The building at centre was the Market Housebuilt inand behind it to the right was the butcher's Shamblesbuilt in Today it is Superdrug and is seen in the final photograph of this page.
Next to it, but obscured in this drawing, is the Greyhound and its sign is clearly seen projecting into the Borough. This drawing, by Leslie Brooke based on the above painting, makes it clear that the Greyhound was on the south side of High Street in the Borough.
A pencil sketch of the Borough with the Market House and the Shambles, again from aboutbut sketched from High Street looking towards Middle Street. The artist was rowsells exmouth market roughly where King George Street rowsells exmouth market High Street today and, just beyond the building at extreme right, the sign of the Greyhound Inn is just seen. This notice of sale was published in the Sherborne Mercury of 1 April and gives a good description of the facilities of the establishment.
This rowsells exmouth market of the Borough, taken inshows the site of the Greyhound Inn today as the stone building currently occupied rowsells exmouth market Superdrug between Superdrug's white building at the centre of the photograph and the rowsells exmouth market occupied by Cafe Rowsells exmouth market to the left of the lamp-post.
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